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Lyon is a French city at the confluence of the Saône with the Rhône. Originally a Celtic settlement, in 43 bce it became a Roman colony and eventually the administrative center of the three Gallo-Roman provinces. By the end of the 4th century, the ecclesiastical province of Lyon coincided with the Roman province Lugdunensis Prima. The establishment of the earliest Christian community in Gaul is associated with Pothinus (died 177) and Irenaeus of Lyon, originally from Smyrna. After the Merovingian king Guntram moved his capital to Chalon-sur-Saône in 56…

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Wolf, Gerhard Philipp, “Lyon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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